WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams Elementary-Middle School hosted its annual spelling bee Jan. 21. Cooper Heap won first place for the middle school. Nathan Fields took the honors for the elementary school.
Fifth grade teacher Josh Bukowiecki organized this year's event. Bukowiecki changed this year's event so the participants would be competing in front of an audience.
"I wanted to make it more structured and professional this year," he said. "We really want to encourage academic extracurriculars too."
Heap took first prize with his spelling of the word "marathon." The second place middle school winner was Jasmine Wouters who went out on the word "personnel." The third place middle school winner was Nichole Hamburger who went out on the word "mogul."
Nathan Fields won first prize for the elementary school. He won with the correct spelling of "jargon." JP Gonzalez got second place when he went out on the word "frequently." Rory Stevens got third when she misspelled "macaw."
"I was happy with the event," Bukowiecki said. "I think the kids really enjoyed it too."
Heap and Fields will battle for the school winner this week and the winner will advance to the Coconino County Spelling Bee. The top winners from Williams will travel together to support the champion.
Spelling Bee Participants
Jakob McGuire Hall
Jose Martinez Jr.